RURAL ECONOMY AND AGRONOMY
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The student will acquire a basic knowledge of economics and a specific knowledge of the economics of zootechnical production, agri-food economics and agronomy.
Course contents summary
National and European livestock situation. Fundamentals of economic theory. Market for agricultural products. The farm and the enterprice. The economic balance of the farm. Economics of production. The organization of producers. Tax reform in agriculture. The sources of statistical information in agriculture. Consumer, business and market. Components of the food system. Transformation in agriculture. Agri-food industry. Reorganization of the distribution system. Public intervention. EU policies for agriculture, rural development, food security and the environment.
The agricultural soil: physical, chemical and biological properties.
The agricultural techniques: tillage, fertilization, fertilization laws.
DE CASTRO P. – Verso una nuova agricoltura europea. Agra, Roma, 2002.
FABBRI A. – Produzioni vegetali. Edagricole, Bologna, 2001.
HOFFMANN A. – La nuova politica di sviluppo rurale. Franco Angeli, Milano, 2006.
MARIANI F., VIGANO’ E. – Il sistema agroalimentare dell’Unione Europea. Carrocci Editore, Roma, 2002.
ZUCCHI G. – Zooeconomia. Economia del sistema delle produzioni animali. Edizioni Avenue media, Bologna, 2006.
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